Guatemala

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Guatemala: Workers occupy the distribution center following illegal dismissals by Coca-Cola FEMSA

The Central Bottling Company S.A. (EMBOCEN), the subsidiary of Coca Cola FEMSA in Guatemala, unilaterally decided to close the Jalapa distribution center, outsource the distribution of Coca-Cola products under a presales model and dismiss all workers on October 3, 2016.

Guatemala: STECSA and FEMSA sign new collective bargaining agreement

On the night of March 3, after 14 months of difficult negotiations and a suspension of nearly five months of negotiations, the Union of Workers of Embotelladora Central SA (STECSA) and Coca Cola FEMSA reached an agreement and signed the new collective bargaining agreement that will be valid for two years.

Guatemala: Coca-Cola workers in all plants now 100% unionised

Guatemala workers have proudly featured in the history of struggle between IUF members and The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) going back to the 1980's. Until recently of the three Coca-Cola bottling plants in the country, only one had built solid recognition from FEMSA the Coca-Cola Latin American bottler. The other two plants were owned and operated by the Schutt family and workers there faced hostility and repression when exercising their basic rights. One of these two plants was unionised but under constant pressure and the other was non-union with all efforts to offer union membership to workers there met with forceful hostility from management.

STECSA and STIBYS join forces to face their respective collective bargaining processes

Trade union officials of Guatemala’s Union of Workers of Embotelladora Central SA (STECSA) and Honduras’ Union of Beverage and Related Industry Workers (STIBYS) met in Guatemala to exchange information, strengthen ties and step up mutual support between the two labor organizations, in the context of their collective bargaining processes with Coca-Cola.

Guatemala: Outsourcing rolled back in Embotelladora Central

A campaign by IUF affiliate STECSA fights to reduce outsourcing in FEMSA-owned Coca-Cola bottler Embotelladora Central to a minimum. 

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